Free‐radical reactions, which are relevant in the chemical modification of polymeric materials, are discussed in relationship to their influence on random chain scission. A mathematical model is developed to calculate the entire molecular weight distribution (MWD) with the degree of chain scission as the sole parameter. This expression is identical to the one derived by Saito for the case of scission initiated by irradiation. An expression for the variation of molecular weight averages with the degre…
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